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EAST FREO LOOK LOCAL DIRECTORY

 

LOCAL East Fremantle

 

The Town of East Fremantle is introducing their #LookLocal Community Directory. Search the online directory to find community groups in your area.

Categories include:
Children
Education
Faith
Fitness
Social
Sport

To explore the directory, visit www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/listings/community

 

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ROYAL GEORGE FUTURE IN DOUBT AGAIN

 

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The future of the heritage listed Royal George hotel in East Fremantle remains in doubt with owners Saracen Properties telling East Freo council that a seven-storey limit for the site is not financially viable for them to develop because they need a minimum plot ratio of 2:1 to make it work. Saracen had proposed a 21 storey residential tower behind the old hotel.

The Town of East Fremantle Council passed amendments last week with new restrictions for development and a maximum height of seven storeys.

It is great to hear though that Saracen has confirmed they will go ahead with the $ 6 million restoration of the beautiful building and will start with that next year.

W.A. Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has the final say in this, so let’s wait and see what the outcome will be.

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WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE ROYAL GEORGE HOTEL?

 

 

It is always a sad thing to see the beautiful Royal George hotel in East Fremantle so neglected and not knowing what the future of the heritage listed building will be.

Saracen Properties bought the hotel last year and came up with a beautiful restoration plan for the building, but to be able to do the costly restoration they also wanted to build a 21 storey apartment highrise behind the old building. That was refused and the Town of East Fremantle council has now approved a scheme amendment for the site that only allows a maximum of seven storeys, and that is apparently not enough and not financially viable for the developers to go ahead with the restorations.

So what will happen now? The building has been vacant and neglected for far too many years and while the Friends of Royal George were yelling and screaming against Saracen’s planning proposal they are not very vocal about the building remaining unused and not cared for.

Come on East Freo, urgent action should be taken!

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EAST FREO Z CARD FOR HERITAGE TRAIL

 

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From the Town of East Fremantle: We recently launched a new Heritage Trail map with watercolour depictions of the local architecture around town.

You can pick up a Z-CARD from Town Hall or text the word ‘Heritage’ to 0475 111 222 for a digital copy.

Thanks to the team at Z-Card PocketMedia Solutions for working with us on this project!

This should inspire the City of Fremantle to do something similar. The Freopedia QR codes on building which were started by the Fremantle Society were unfortunately not continued and the East Freo smartphone Z-Card is an even better idea, so what about it This Is Fremantle?

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FOGO RUBBISH SYSTEM ON THE WAY

 

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The City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle will soon roll out the three-bin FOGO rubbish collection so it is important for the community to know what goes in which bin.

The above image from East Fremantle explains that very well, so I hope the two councils will provide fridge magnets or stickers so that we all know what to do.

That is even more essential for those places that operate as B&B and where people from country WA, interstate and overseas have no idea what is expected of them with the three-bin system.

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EAST FREO TO CONTINUE WITH FREMANTLE LIBRARY SUPPORT

 

There were some unhappy faces at Fremantle Council some months ago when the members became aware that the Town of East Fremantle was pulling out of its part of the library arrangement and would no longer contribute $ 150,000 toward the Fremantle Library.

So the announcement that East Fremantle Council has reconsidered and will continue to contribute to Fremantle’s library services will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of our Freo Councillors.

1985 East Fremantle residents are recorded as being members of the City of Fremantle Library and they also can apply for a residents parking permit, which gives them free street parking till 11am and after 3pm anywhere in the port city.

Well done East Fremantle Council for reconsidering and changing your mind!

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EAST FREMANTLE HERITAGE TRAIL

 

May 18 East freo heritage trail

The East Fremantle Heritage Trail is on this Saturday May 18, so all you lovers of history go out for a wander through our neighbouring city.

The National Heritage Festival is still going strong so check out the program!

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STREETS OF EAST FREO TELLS HERITAGE STORIES

 

I read in the on-line newsletter that the Town of East Fremantle, our little sister up the road, is leading with a new interactive heritage website:

“Streets of East Freo” shares information about the many heritage buildings throughout the Town. It also offers you the exciting opportunity to add your own anecdotes, experiences & images to the Town’s colourful narrative. Thanks to the Museum of Perth for preparing this digital masterpiece, showcasing the Town’s strong heritage foundation.

I think this is a brilliant idea, as we often know very little about the past of the heritage buildings we walk, cycle and drive by.

The City of Fremantle should create a similar website!

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FREMANTLE EAST FREMANTLE MERGER TALKS

 

The City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle have started secret negotiations about a possible amalgamation of the two local councils.

East Fremantle residents rejected the proposed amalgamation during the Colin Barnett government local government reform process, which failed.

East Freo residents only succeeded stopping the merger because people in favour of it also voted, and hence they reached the required 50% of eligible voters minimum. Had pro amalgamation people not voted the merger would have gone ahead.

I hear that East Freo Deputy Mayor Michael McPhail, who was pro merger from the beginning, initiated the secret talks.

This is very interesting news and would make a lot of sense in my opinion, so let’s hope both councils can agree on the details.

It is timely also to receive a media release from the City of Fremantle today that Fremantle will create its own time zone and introduce daylight saving time next summer

Mayor Brad Pettitt said

Fremantle changing the time within its municipal boundaries to daylight savings time will reduce the time difference to two hours and give our businesses a competitive advantage compared to their counterparts around WA.”

 Mayor Pettitt acknowledged the decision may generate some controversy as people will need to adjust to Freo Time as they come and go. But he was confident the benefits would far outweigh any potential inconvenience.

 Residents and visitors alike will have longer evenings to enjoy our great beaches, café and bars,” he said.

 Digital screens will display Freo Time on all major entry points into Fremantle while the City’s parking officers will also assist people to adjust their watches. Clocks displayed in public places will be adjusted to Freo Time.

Bob Dylan was right many decades ago that the times they are changing.

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EAST FREMANTLE BRIDAL TRAIL

 

 

March 31. Bridal Trial East Freo

 

East Fremantle wedding venues are emulating the Fremantle Wedding Walk with the Bridal Trail tomorrow, Sunday March 31, so go and check out some of the venues, have a meal or a drink and support the local businesses.

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